‘It’s tougher than a job interview because they’re actually judging you based on your personality,’ says one luckless househunter, and they’re right. As the show’s case studies demonstrate, recent years have seen securing platonic co-habitation turn into some sort of multi-layered gameshow, where would-be tenants lose marks for everything from too many capital letters in their introduction email to refusing to wear fancy dress at the half-hour meet-and-greet.
It’s a portrait of London at its most shallow, ruthless, lonely and infuriating, and therefore ought to prove oddly reassuring for anyone with a roof over their heads.
Once part-owned by Guy Ritchie, this Mayfair pub and dining room is now in new hands. The ground floor pub serves a number of real ales and single-malt Scotch whiskies. Bar snacks are also available, alongside a food menu featuring rare breed steaks, a White Park steak tartare, fish and chips and baked Cornish lobster. The first floor dining room offers a menu featuring dishes such as Hampshire quail breast and leg served with Morteau sausage, cauliflower and sauce Sauternes, and pine-smoked Yorkshire venison loin served with artichoke, candied cocoa nibs and a juniper berry jus. A set menu is available, too. The global wine list has been put together by Master of Wine, Tim Atkin. There are 20 whites, 29 reds and 16 sparkling options, alongside four sweet and fortified wines. More than 20 from the list are available by the glass. The Punchbowl also plays host to various events, including wine tasting sessions with Tim Atkins, butchery master classes and seasonal activities. Private dining is available, too.